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England Touch and UK Coaching promoting positive mental health

On #TimeToTalk Day (Thursday, February 4th), England Touch is focusing on positive mental health.

Our friends at UK Coaching have launched an updated version of the popular e-Learning course, Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical Activity.

UK Coaching, which partnered with Mind, the mental health charity, and Sport England, has reduced the cost of the course by over 30 percent, and it is available for £12 per person.

Even a small conversation about mental health can make a big difference, and over 35,000 coaches enrolled on the first release of the course. Join them in learning how to spot the signs and start these conversations by enrolling on the Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical Activity+ course, which is awarded by 1st4sport and has been awarded 1.5 CPD points by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

CLICK HERE to find out more and enrol.

Meanwhile England Touch has appointed a team of mental skills coaches to support the High Performance (HP) programme, led by Hannah Stoyel from Optimise Potential Sport, with the prospect for providing information and advice for clubs, coaches and players across the sport in England.

“The last year has been very hard for our HP squads,” says High Performance Director Ben Powell/Head of Elite Performance Sammie Phillips. “We’ve had the Euros postponed twice, along with the Youth World Cup postponed and Junior Touch Championships cancelled.

“Initially we were running regular virtual weekends of sessions and activities, but it has been challenging to keep everyone motivated and engaged when there is no sport on the field.

“Having Hannah and the mental skills coaches as part of our staffing going forwards will be important for us as we do something a little bit different to provide all our athletes with support and information for positive mental and physical wellbeing. And we will also be looking to cascade this knowledge throughout the Touch Rugby community, as we’ve done with Aaron Green’s strength and conditioning sessions and the England Touch cookbook which the nutritionists put together.

“It is also pleasing to see UK Coaching maintain their commitment to positive mental health with their updated Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical Activity+ course, and I would encourage all coaches to enrol on it.”

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We are the players. We are the supporters, willing us on. We are the medals, waiting to be won. We are the touchdowns, waiting to be scored. We are the men and women of all ages. We are the talent of today. We are the potential for tomorrow. We are one team. We are England Touch